Barrow: Agriculture is the backbone of the Gambia’s economy

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

The president of the republic of the Gambia Adama Barrow has affirmed that agriculture is the backbone of the Gambia the Gambian economy.

In a recent interview with our reporter, President Barrow said other countries are endowed with other natural resources such as oil which they can rely upon. But agriculture is what The Gambia can rely on for food security, the sector therefore should be given the priority, he said.

“Agriculture is the backbone of The Gambia not every country. You have other countries that have oil and other things. But our own, our backbone is agriculture. That is where our strength lies”, he said.

The president, however, was quick to raise his concerns about the erratic rainfall due to climate change and thus showed the need to shift from peasant farming to mechanized farming. “Agriculture is our backbone but with erratic rainfall, it is becoming very, very difficult,” he said. “Climate change is affecting the farming sector; that is why we have to move on to mechanized farming to industrialise the farming sector.” 

The president said he made it known to the Chinese president during his recent visit to China of his desire for the Chinese government to help The Gambia in the agricultural sector.

“When I was in China, I had a very good meeting with the Chinese president regarding irrigation”.

He added he informed his Chinese counterpart of the success the Chinese technical team had made in the area of irrigation in the 70s.

The head of state emphasised the need and importance of agriculture as far as food security is concern. “As far as food security is concern, I think Gambia, we must focus on farming,” He said. Farming should be our priority that is why we are encouraging investors and the Chinese government to help Gambia in that sector.”

The president said because China has the knowledge and they have the finance, The Gambia has the river, land, manpower and the market as the country produce only 13% and import 87% which is greater. 

Author: Sankulleh Gibril Janko